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Besides New Fence, Greece Adding More Guards on Turkish Border

Anticipating that Turkey may try again to get refugees and migrants across the border at a number of points, the Greek Police (ELAS) are adding guards in the northeast regional unit of Rodopi after a number were detained.

That comes a day after Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis went to the border along the Evros River to see plans for an expanded wall that's expected to be finished by April. 2021.

Some 20 officers serving in Evros have been moved to Rodopi while another 65 police officers have been transferred there from other parts of northern Greece, said the newspaper Kathimerini.

A high-ranking ELAS officer not named said the decision to add police was because so many unlawful migrants and refugees were found in mountainous areas, hoping to cross there instead of the more heavily-patrolled Evros area.

These are migrants who, having managed to illegally enter Greece and evade police detection in Evros, are now attempting to continue their journey further away from the border, the report said.

The construction of a new wall at the Greek-Turkish borders in Evros, "was the least the government could do to provide a sense of security to Greek citizens, whose morale remains high at such a difficult juncture," said Mitsotakis while visiting Feres.

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